07 AprBarbados COVID-19 Update: April 7th, 2020

New Plan To Ensure Adequate Access To Food Supplies

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A new regime has been developed and will be put in place from tomorrow, Wednesday, April 8, to ensure Barbadians, including the most vulnerable, have access to adequate food supplies during the 24-hour curfew.

Acting Prime Minister Santia Bradshaw made this disclosure today during an address to the nation, from Ilaro Court.

She said the new regime was based on extensive consultation among representatives of Cabinet, the Barbados Private Sector Association and the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry, under her chairmanship and with input from Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley.

Ms. Bradshaw stated: “This new arrangement will run for the duration of the current curfew period, and will be strictly enforced to ensure that we do not compromise the protocols that have been put in place across the country to halt the spread of COVID-19.  However, it will be subject to constant review, and if necessary, alteration, given the fluidity of the circumstances and the ongoing COVID-19 response.”

In outlining the new arrangements, the acting Prime Minister said:

  • From 9:00 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, April 8, 2020, Barbadians in urgent need of groceries will be able to order them from supermarkets through a number of options.  However, there will be no in-supermarket shopping.  Supermarkets and shops will be open on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday during this week.
  • Orders will be taken by the individual participating supermarkets via websites, telephone call-in, WhatsApp or email.
  • Payment for these orders will be accepted through cash, debit or credit cards.
  • All persons ordering groceries in this manner will have the option of collecting their groceries in person, through curbside vehicle pickup, or home delivery.
  • Shoppers who choose to pick up their orders in person will be given specific collection times to reduce the risk of large gatherings that would contravene the requirement for physical distancing.

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A COVID-19 update featuring Acting Prime Minister, Santia Bradshaw – April 7, 2020. (PMO)